Few have mastered the art of dissimilitude more than long time Palestinian Arab spokesman, Saeb Erakat
By Victor Sharpe Thursday, August 22, 2013
I wrote an article once titled: Lies, Damned lies, and Palestinian Propaganda in Descending Order. That title paraphrased 19th century British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli’s aphorism: Lies, damned lies, and statistics in descending order.
Few have mastered the art of dissimilitude more than long time Palestinian Arab spokesman, Saeb Erakat, who continues to be taken seriously by the ever gullible western media.
Now, according to a report by Elad Benari in the August 21,2013 edition of Israel National News, Erakat has baldly stated that, “the U.S. had assured the PA in writing that talks would recognize the indefensible pre-1967 borders (they are in reality the armistice lines) as the basis of a Palestinian state, would deal with all core issues (Jerusalem, refugees, borders, security and water), would take place within six to nine months, and would not allow for any interim solutions before a final status agreement is signed.”
Mr. Benari added that, “… If true, Erekat’s comments in the interview mark the first time since the talks restarted that any of the sides reveals the American guarantees it received in order to return to the negotiating table. No Israeli officials have confirmed or denied Erekat’s remarks.”
Tragically for the Jewish state, Erakat’s statement may indeed this time contain a grain of truth. If so the Obama Administration has committed a perilous act against Israel and flouts the very meaning of U.N. Resolution 242.
Nevertheless, Erakat is a skilled negotiator with the innate knowledge of successful haggling that would do credit in any Arab bazaar. He will, without doubt, have no trouble in out maneuvering the left leaning Israeli negotiator, Tzippi Livni, who has no love for the Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria. It will be a contest between a shark and a minnow.
True to form, I remember when Erakat chose The Guardian newspaper, one of Britain’s most left leaning and anti-Israel dailies, to let fly a howler back in December, 2010.
According to Erakat’s Op-Ed in The Guardian, he claimed there are now well over seven million Palestinian Arab refugees. This is seven times the number of Arabs who foolishly left their homes in 1948 when ordered to do so by the corrupt Arab League, while at the same time seven Arab armies were invading the fledgling and re-born Jewish state with the intention of committing genocide against its Jewish citizens.
The Arab leaders often accuse Israel of committing a “holocaust” against the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians. At the same time, they inflate the numbers of these same Arabs in an almost precipitous and distorted bell curve. If only the Jewish victims of the real Holocaust would have suffered in such a fashion, there would not have been six million dead but — using Erakat’s bizarre mathematics — some forty million additional Jewish souls alive today.